The pre-Baselworld 2014 product releases have started pouring into my in-box, and I have already covered several of them on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Here is one of the latest: Blancpain’s Villeret 2014, a self-winding three-hand watch with a date display, featuring a remarkably understated grand feu enamel dial.
Here are some of the new watch’s characteristics, as excerpted from Blancpain’s press release:
“Grand Feu enamel, this magnificently stable material… maintains its radiance indefinitely [and] is particularly suited to adorning a watch with such a classic aesthetic. Crafting it involves applying several successive layers of enamel that are fired at temperatures of over 1000° C…. the Grand Feu enamel dial gives a subtle nod to tradition by revealing the tone-on-tone “JB” logo engraved between the numerals IV and V, VII and VIII. This is the secret signature with which enamellists historically initialled their works.”
The new Blancpain Villeret 2014 model is powered by the Blancpain in-house Calibre 1335, with a “remarkable” eight-day power reserve. The exhibition caseback, made of sapphire, “provides an opportunity to admire the delicate interplay of its decorative effects, featuring côtes de Genève on the movement bridges and a honeycomb pattern on the oscillating weight.”
Below you can find three photos of the new watch, provided by Blancpain.